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OWS Aquathlon race 3 report 2014
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Posted on: Monday 23rd June 2014


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OWS Aquathlon Race 3 – 21 June 2014

On the most glorious Saturday morning to date this year, OpenWaterSwim.co.uk had their third aquathlon of the 2014 season. Such a sunny and still morning gave the promise of super fast times and PBs and we were not disappointed.

Having lead the elite women out of the swim at the Windsor Triathlon last weekend, Hannah Kitchen continued this trend and also set a new swim course record with a swim and transition time of 10min 25. Next out of the water was youngster Michael Fabes in a time of 11min, 49 seconds quicker than his swim leg in race one in early May. Close on Michael's heels was race two overall winner, India Lee, with a swim and transition time of 11min 15.

Many of the returning competitors broke their swim PB in today's race, helped in part by the increased water temperature of 20.2 degrees, but none quite as convincingly as Jamie Young and Kevin Spence who smashed their previous swim times from race one by 2min 33 and 1min 37 respectively!

While the rest of the field were exiting the water and navigating transition, a battle was being fought for first place out on the run course between our top four competitors – Hannah, India, Michael and Mat Clarkson. With the recent warm weather the previously wet and muddy run course had dried hard creating an exceptionally fast run. An unexpected consequence of the hardened of the surface was the ease at which sharp corners could be cut and fast lines found, setting up further PBs.

India caught Hannah at the end of the third lap and the two girls continued to fight to stay clear of the two men, the young and improving Michael Fabes and former series champion Mat Clarkson. Meanwhile not far behind, another junior Kai Furnell-Brennan and the senior Austin Swain (50-55) were in battle for fifth.

While Mat managed to catch Michael, neither managed to overtake the ladies, making it three aquathlons in a row that first place (and in this case, also second) was taken by the ladies. India maintained the lead to finish in a time of 27:59 with Hannah close behind in a time of 28:24.

With one final place left on the women's podium strong swimmer Jennifer Cardy looked solid in third place going into the final lap. However, series veteran, Mel Brookes was closing fast and by the end of the final lap had overhauled Jennifer to finish third in the women's race.

Check out the video from the race:

The next aquathlon race in the OWS Series is on the 12th July enter online here
The OWS swim race series continues on Thursday 26th July enter online here

OWS Aquathlon Race 3


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